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Car Wrap Advertising

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How the scam works:

United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain - this scam occurs now all over the world. It became the most notorious scam this fall.

Imagine this: Looking for ways to make extra money, you receive an email from a company offering the opportunity to make $300 a week if you have your car wrapped in a well-known brand's logo. "Our world-class partners such us Coca-Cola, Monster Energy, iPhone 6, XS Energy, Johnny Walker, and Budweiser will generously pay prospective clients like you", the message says.

The scammers who send this message also post the same offer on sites like Craigslist, Oodle, or Gumtree, create well-designed advertisments, and even contact people who submit their resumes online hunting for jobs.

The offer sounds good, especially since you have the option of removing the wrapped sticker after the number of months you select. If you accept the offer, the scammers will then send a check for a large amount of money, according to the length of time you want to be the mobile advertiser.

The instructions for cashing the check indicate that a certain portion of the money is to be kept as your payment and the rest is to be sent via wire transfer to the company who will supposedly wrap your vehicle. After wiring the money, you'll find out that the original check was a fake and the transaction bounced. Now your bank is after you for thousands of dollars.

How to avoid:

No major brand would hire just anybody to wrap their cars with advertising. Corporations are very careful about their image and typically have huge marketing departments within. Be very careful when you receive this email, as the message might be presented in a very professional manner. The scammers steal images from websites belonging to reputable companies that do professional car wrapping and make you believe it's their business. Delete the email, not every online job opportunity that comes your way is real.

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  • On Sunday, August 31, 2014, Randall s lincicum wrote:

    I got a check on Friday for 950 dollars and we called the bank the check was from and there was no account there in that name but the bank can't release any information so when the guy called me 7 times in an hour I told him he was not legal and I turned the check in he hung up and I told the worthless check to the district attorneys office I gave them his phone number and the address on the package everything I could get on this scum bag hope he go's to prison

  • On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, God Knows wrote:

    So today I was very curious about it if I should join but I made some research and thankfully I came across this website about the scammers. I was also using a text free app number and not my original one. I've already been busted by a scammer before but not this time. Just a heads up so none of this happens to anyone else do some research about what your about to do for a certain job posting or whatever the heck it is. It truly helps!!!!

  • On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Kart Hall wrote:

    Angie...whose friend's son, cashed his check and needs advice of a lawyer.

    IMHO search your local public community and/or state colleges/universities to see if there are any law and/or paralegal students willing and able to help you or steer you towards a pro bono / non-profit or consumer advocate firm/agency ...ask for help in navigating the statutes and cases for his defense.

    By filing a complaint with the FTC, he may find assistance:
    FTC - Bureau of Consumer Protection
    To file a complaint in English or Spanish, visit the FTC’s online Complaint Assistant or call 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).
    The FTC enters complaints into Consumer Sentinel, a secure, online database available to more than 2,000 civil and criminal law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
    The FTC sues companies that make deceptive claims about their products or services. These lawsuits sometimes result in refunds for the people affected.

    The FTC has regional offices...
    http://www.ftc.gov/about-ftc/bureaus-offices/bureau-consumer-protection

  • On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Christopher Lundquist wrote:

    I have been told that I will be receiving a check sometime this week for the down payment for the wrap on my car and my first $400 payment. I gladly agreed to this and just a few minutes ago I received a phone call from "Autowrap" and they told me about their deal of a special "promotion" they our offering a one time fee of $9.95 and this will put my information on record. But the man told me to be aware of the other offer I had been told about for the $400 a week program. I'm still kind of confused because I read here that "Autowrap" is also a scam, so to me it sounds like 2 scam "Artist" our fighting for me to join in on their scam, but actually the one scam "Artist" helped me realize that both them and they are scam "Artist". I will try and keep up any new information I find.

  • On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, Justin wrote:

    WrapMatch.com is a SCAM!
    Went on a roadtrip across America for 4 months - was looking for ways to make money on the road. Found WrapMatch.com - a place where they wrap your car with an ad and pay you to drive wherever.
    More to the point, they claim they need to do a background check on their drivers so you have to pay them a small fee. They said they'd contact us. We knew it could take up to a month or more, so we waited. We never did hear from them again.
    We don't regularly check our bank account online since we know we're not spending much money, but recently I looked. Turns out they've snuck in these $8/month charges for 4 months now!
    I know it's not much but it's the fact that they took our credit card information to pay for a background check AND magically started charging our account while they failed to mention that it was $8/mo and it's nowhere on their website.
    The idea is that YOU make money for advertising on your own car. So why am I losing money?
    Also, they don't have their telephone number on their website or a way to cancel your account online. So we searched through some old emails to find the number. We called, and the woman claimed she couldn't cancel our account. That's a red flag right there. She told us we needed to email some guy named Nate - they wouldn't give us his telephone number either. So we emailed him.
    He responded, "No guarantee of a full wrap was given. The only guarantee is that you would be offered a campaign - which you were. I'm sorry but no refunds will be issued."
    He proceeded by giving us a link to "request for cancellation" through a google document. The website doesn't state that it's $8/mo and they never mentioned it once.
    We filled out the dumb form - still don't know if it's canceled. This Nate guy isn't replying anymore. We're opening up a fraud claim.
    The moral of the story? WrapMatch is a scam. If you've stumbled across them online. They are only out to get your credit card information and sneak little charges on your account in hopes that you won't notice. Just wanted to warn you all.

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